It’s typical of video game programmer Josiah Simmons to be the last one on the plane on the way to the biggest meeting of his career. Though he’s (mostly) coping with his ADHD, he can’t handle another distraction. But he also can’t ignore his rugged seatmate—especially once he learns the military man’s a fan of his game.
Ryan Orson refuses to let his severe injuries pause his career as a navy SEAL. He’s got hours of grueling physical therapy ahead of him, and no time for anything that might get in the way of his return to active duty. But that doesn’t mean he’s above a little first-class flirtation with geeky-cute Josiah.
When a delay strands the pair in St. Louis, they agree to share a hotel room and a night of gaming. Neither expects their new connection to move to the next level in the light of day. Opposites may attract, but is this game over before it’s even begun?
I’ve never read an Annabeth Albert book before, so Connection Error was a jump into the unknown. And I’m still unsure of how to review this story. I liked it in the end and yet….
First, I did like the characters – both of them were well laid out and understandable. And as individual characters, very likable.
For the first 48% of the book, I wasn’t sure if the two should end up together as their personalities did not seem complimentary. And yes, it was exactly 48% because I checked it when I finally thought “Yes! These two might make it.”
I kept getting lost in the time frame. There were severe time jumps where I thought it was still in one time frame and it turned out to be weeks, months, or in the case of the last one, years later. And that last jump – what came from it felt so out of the blue it was like WAIT! An entire chapter of telling.
The main problem was that the timing felt slow enough, that it took me a good month to get to that 48% before I was finally hooked enough that I finished the last of it in short order.
So I had to waffle between 3 and 4 stars, but in the end the timing and the time jumps were enough to keep it at 3.